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Ankita Sharma, Monu, Sagarika Biswas
BACKGROUND: Transthyretin (TTR) is the transporter protein (55 kDA) that carries retinol binding protein and thyroxin (T4) in its functional tetramer form. Presence of mutation in this protein (TTR) may lead to the dissociation of tetramers to monomer which unfolds and self associates to form amyloid aggregates. Aggregation of this protein has been found to be associated with various life threatening disorders such as coronary artery disease (CAD) which is the major cause of mortality and morbidity worldwide...
March 20, 2018: Current Computer-aided Drug Design
Martin Poot
The highly complex structural genome variations chromothripsis, chromoanasynthesis, and chromoplexy are subsumed under the term chromoanagenesis, which means chromosome rebirth. Precipitated by numerous DNA double-strand breaks, they differ in number of and distances between breakpoints, associated copy number variations, order and orientation of segments, and flanking sequences at joining points. Results from patients with the autosomal dominant cancer susceptibility disorder Li-Fraumeni syndrome implicated somatic TP53 mutations in chromothripsis...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Clint L Makino, Teresa Duda, Alexandre Pertzev, Rameshwar K Sharma
Our ability to see is based on the activity of retinal rod and cone photoreceptors. Rods function when there is very little light, while cones operate at higher light levels. Photon absorption by rhodopsin activates a biochemical cascade that converts photic energy into a change in the membrane potential of the cell by decreasing the levels of a second messenger, cGMP, that control the gating of cation channels. But just as important as the activation of the cascade are the shut-off and recovery processes. The timing of shutoff and recovery ultimately affects sensitivity, temporal resolution and even the capacity for counting single photons...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Yi Chieh Lim, Hazel Quek, Carolin Offenhäuser, Shazrul Fazry, Andrew Boyd, Martin Lavin, Tara Roberts, Bryan Day
Glioblastoma (GBM) is a highly fatal disease with a 5 year survival rate of less than 22%. One of the most effective treatment regimens to date is the use of radiotherapy which induces lethal DNA double-strand breaks to prevent tumour growth. However, recurrence occurs in the majority of patients and is in-part a result of robust radioresistance mechanisms. In this study, we demonstrate that the multifunctional cytokine, interleukin-6 (IL-6), confers a growth advantage in GBM cells but does not have the same effect on normal neural progenitor cells...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Neuro-oncology
Xun Liu, Yang Zhang, Zhanhong Hu, Qian Li, Lu Yang, Guoqiang Xu
The ubiquitin proteasome system (UPS) plays important roles in the regulation of protein stability, localization, and activity. A myriad of studies have focused on the functions of ubiquitin ligases E3s and deubiquitinating enzymes DUBs due to their specificity in the recognition of downstream substrates. However, the roles of the most ubiquitin-conjugating enzymes E2s are not completely understood except that they transport the activated ubiquitin and form E2-E3 protein complexes. Ubiquitin-conjugating enzyme CDC34 can promote the degradation of downstream targets through the UPS whereas its non-catalytic functions are still elusive...
March 21, 2018: Protein Journal
Xuan Qin, Chuan Zhou, Danielle M Zerr, Amanda Adler, Amin Addetia, Shuhua Yuan, Alexander L Greninger
Clinical isolates of Pseudomonas aeruginosa from patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) are known to differ from those associated with non-CF hosts by colony morphology, drug susceptibility patterns, and genomic hypermutability. Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolates from CF patients have long been recognized for their overall reduced rate of antimicrobial susceptibility, but their intraclonal MIC heterogeneity has long been overlooked. Using two distinct cohorts of clinical strains ( n = 224 from 56 CF patients, n = 130 from 68 non-CF patients) isolated in 2013, we demonstrated profound Etest MIC heterogeneity in CF P...
March 2018: MSphere
Ann-Kathrin Eisfeld, Jessica Kohlschmidt, Krzysztof Mrózek, James S Blachly, Christopher J Walker, Deedra Nicolet, Shelley Orwick, Sophia E Maharry, Andrew J Carroll, Richard M Stone, Albert de la Chapelle, Eunice S Wang, Jonathan E Kolitz, Bayard L Powell, John C Byrd, Clara D Bloomfield
Thus far, only 5-15% of AML patients aged ≥60 years are cured with chemotherapy. Identification of patients who are less (more) likely to respond to standard chemotherapy might enable early risk stratification toward alternative treatment regimens. We used a next-generation sequencing panel of 80 cancer- and/or leukemia-associated genes to profile molecularly 423 older patients with de novo AML. Using variables identified in multivariable models and co-occurring mutations in NPM1-mutated AML, we classified the patients into good-, intermediate-, and poor-risk groups for complete remission (CR) attainment, disease-free (DFS), and overall survival (OS)...
February 25, 2018: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
Maria E Moreno-Fernandez, Daniel A Giles, Traci E Stankiewicz, Rachel Sheridan, Rebekah Karns, Monica Cappelletti, Kristin Lampe, Rajib Mukherjee, Christian Sina, Anthony Sallese, James P Bridges, Simon P Hogan, Bruce J Aronow, Kasper Hoebe, Senad Divanovic
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), a metabolic predisposition for development of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), represents a disease spectrum ranging from steatosis to steatohepatitis to cirrhosis. Acox1, a rate-limiting enzyme in peroxisomal fatty acid β-oxidation, regulates metabolism, spontaneous hepatic steatosis, and hepatocellular damage over time. However, it is unknown whether Acox1 modulates inflammation relevant to NAFLD pathogenesis or if Acox1-associated metabolic and inflammatory derangements uncover and accelerate potential for NAFLD progression...
March 22, 2018: JCI Insight
Alexandro Rodríguez-Rojas, Javier Moreno-Morales, A James Mason, Jens Rolff
Cationic antimicrobial peptides are ubiquitous immune effectors of multicellular organisms. We previously reported, that in contrast to most of the classic antibiotics, cationic antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) do not increase mutation rates in E. coli Here, we provide new evidence showing that AMPs do not stimulate or enhance bacterial DNA recombination in the surviving fractions. Recombination accelerates evolution of antibiotic resistance. Our findings have implications for our understanding of host-microbe interactions, the evolution of innate immune defences, and shed new light on the dynamic of antimicrobial-resistance evolution...
March 2018: Biology Letters
Victor Garcia, Emily C Glassberg, Arbel Harpak, Marcus W Feldman
Within-host adaptation of pathogens such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) often occurs at more than two loci. Multiple beneficial mutations may arise simultaneously on different genetic backgrounds and interfere, affecting each other's fixation trajectories. Here, we explore how these evolutionary dynamics are mirrored in multilocus linkage disequilibrium (MLD), a measure of multi-way associations between alleles. In the parameter regime corresponding to HIV, we show that deterministic early infection models induce MLD to oscillate over time in a wavelet-like fashion...
March 2018: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
David Thybert, Maša Roller, Fábio C P Navarro, Ian Fiddes, Ian Streeter, Christine Feig, David Martin-Galvez, Mikhail Kolmogorov, Václav Janoušek, Wasiu Akanni, Bronwen Aken, Sarah Aldridge, Varshith Chakrapani, William Chow, Laura Clarke, Carla Cummins, Anthony Doran, Matthew Dunn, Leo Goodstadt, Kerstin Howe, Matthew Howell, Ambre-Aurore Josselin, Robert C Karn, Christina M Laukaitis, Lilue Jingtao, Fergal Martin, Matthieu Muffato, Stefanie Nachtweide, Michael A Quail, Cristina Sisu, Mario Stanke, Klara Stefflova, Cock Van Oosterhout, Frederic Veyrunes, Ben Ward, Fengtang Yang, Golbahar Yazdanifar, Amonida Zadissa, David J Adams, Alvis Brazma, Mark Gerstein, Benedict Paten, Son Pham, Thomas M Keane, Duncan T Odom, Paul Flicek
Understanding the mechanisms driving lineage-specific evolution in both primates and rodents has been hindered by the lack of sister clades with a similar phylogenetic structure having high-quality genome assemblies. Here, we have created chromosome-level assemblies of the Mus caroli and Mus pahari genomes. Together with the Mus musculus and Rattus norvegicus genomes, this set of rodent genomes is similar in divergence times to the Hominidae (human-chimpanzee-gorilla-orangutan). By comparing the evolutionary dynamics between the Muridae and Hominidae, we identified punctate events of chromosome reshuffling that shaped the ancestral karyotype of Mus musculus and Mus caroli between 3 and 6 million yr ago, but that are absent in the Hominidae...
March 21, 2018: Genome Research
Edgard M Mejia, Hana Zegallai, Eric D Bouchard, Versha Banerji, Amir Ravandi, Grant M Hatch
The mitochondrial polyglycerophospholipid cardiolipin (CL) is remodeled to obtain specific fatty acyl chains. This is predominantly accomplished by the transacylase enzyme tafazzin (TAZ). Barth Syndrome (BTHS) patients with TAZ gene mutations exhibit impaired TAZ activity and loss in mitochondrial respiratory function. Previous studies identified monolysocardiolipin acyltransferase-1 (MLCL AT-1) as a mitochondrial enzyme capable of remodelling CL with fatty acid. In this study, we analyzed what relationship, if any, exits between TAZ and MLCL AT-1 with regard to CL remodeling and if transfection of BTHS lymphoblasts with a MLCL AT-1 expression construct improves mitochondrial respiratory function...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Noemy Starita, Luigi Buonaguro, Franco M Buonaguro, Maria Lina Tornesello
BACKGROUND: Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the conjunctiva is a common cancer in Africa mainly associated with solar ultraviolet (UV) exposure and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. We analyzed the role of HIV on the occurrence of telomerase reverse transcriptase (TERT) promoter mutations among a cohort of conjunctiva neoplasia Ugandan patients. METHODS: Telomerase reverse transcriptase promoter mutations were searched in 72 conjunctiva neoplasia cases, comprising SCC and intraepithelial neoplasia grade 1-3 (CIN1-3), as well as in 53 conjunctiva normal tissues and in 24 HIV-related Kaposi sarcoma...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Translational Medicine
Paulina Cerda-Opazo, Manuel Valenzuela-Valderrama, Ignacio Wichmann, Andrés Rodríguez, Daniel Contreras-Reyes, Elmer A Fernández, Gonzalo Carrasco-Aviño, Alejandro H Corvalán, Andrew F G Quest
BACKGROUND: The objective of the study was to determine the relationship between Survivin and Reprimo transcript/protein expression levels, and gastric cancer outcome. METHODS: In silico correlations between an agnostic set of twelve p53-dependent apoptosis and cell-cycle genes were explored in the gastric adenocarcinoma TCGA database, using cBioPortal. Findings were validated by regression analysis of RNAseq data. Separate regression analyses were performed to assess the impact of p53 status on Survivin and Reprimo...
February 27, 2018: Oncotarget
Balázs Győrffy, Lőrinc Pongor, Giulia Bottai, Xiaotong Li, Jan Budczies, András Szabó, Christos Hatzis, Lajos Pusztai, Libero Santarpia
BACKGROUND: Sequence variations in coding and non-coding regions of the genome can affect gene expression and signalling pathways, which in turn may influence disease outcome. METHODS: In this study, we integrated somatic mutations, gene expression and clinical data from 930 breast cancer patients included in the TCGA database. Genes associated with single mutations in molecular breast cancer subtypes were identified by the Mann-Whitney U-test and their prognostic value was evaluated by Kaplan-Meier and Cox regression analyses...
March 21, 2018: British Journal of Cancer
Xiaomu Wei, M Nieves Calvo-Vidal, Siwei Chen, Gang Wu, Maria V Revuelta, Jian Sun, Jinghui Zhang, Michael F Walsh, Kim E Nichols, Vijai Joseph, Carrie Snyder, Celine M Vachon, James D McKay, Shu-Ping Wang, David S Jayabalan, Lauren M Jacobs, Dina Becirovic, Rosalie G Waller, Mykyta Artomov, Agnes Viale, Jayeshkumar Patel, Jude M Phillip, Selina Chen-Kiang, Karen Curtin, Mohamed Salama, Djordje Atanackovic, Ruben Niesvizky, Ola Landgren, Susan L Slager, Lucy A Godley, Jane Churpek, Judy E Garber, Kenneth C Anderson, Mark J Daly, Robert G Roeder, Charles Dumontet, Henry T Lynch, Charles G Mullighan, Nicola J Camp, Kenneth Offit, Robert J Klein, Haiyuan Yu, Leandro Cerchietti, Steven M Lipkin
Given the frequent and largely incurable occurrence of multiple myeloma (MM), identification of germline genetic mutations that predispose cells to MM may provide insight into disease etiology and the developmental mechanisms of its cell of origin, the plasma cell. Here we identified familial and early-onset MM kindreds with truncating mutations in lysine-specific demethylase 1 (LSD1/KDM1A), an epigenetic transcriptional repressor that primarily demethylates histone H3 on lysine 4 and regulates hematopoietic stem cell self-renewal...
March 20, 2018: Cancer Research
T H Wang, S Y Wang, X D Wang, H Q Jiang, Y Q Yang, Y Wang, J L Cheng, C T Zhang, W W Liang, H L Feng
Oxidative stress exhibits a central role in the course of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a progressive neurodegenerative disease commonly found to include a copper/zinc superoxide dismutase (SOD1) gene mutation. Fisetin, a natural antioxidant, has shown benefits in varied neurodegenerative diseases. The possible effect of fisetin in ALS has not been clarified as of yet. We investigated whether fisetin affected mutant hSOD1 ALS models. Three different hSOD1-related mutant models were used: Drosophila expressing mutant hSOD1G85R , hSOD1G93A NSC34 cells, and transgenic mice...
March 17, 2018: Neuroscience
Toshinori Ozaki, Meng Yu, Danjing Yin, Dan Sun, Yuyan Zhu, Youquan Bu, Meixiang Sang
BACKGROUND: Despite the remarkable advances in the early diagnosis and treatment, overall 5-year survival rate of patients with pancreatic cancer is less than 10%. Gemcitabine (GEM), a cytidine nucleoside analogue and ribonucleotide reductase inhibitor, is a primary option for patients with advanced pancreatic cancer; however, its clinical efficacy is extremely limited. This unfavorable clinical outcome of pancreatic cancer patients is at least in part attributable to their poor response to anti-cancer drugs such as GEM...
March 20, 2018: BMC Cancer
Nora E Fritz, Nicholas R Boileau, Julie C Stout, Rebecca Ready, Joel S Perlmutter, Jane S Paulsen, Kimberly Quaid, Stacey Barton, Michael K McCormack, Susan L Perlman, Noelle E Carlozzi
Up to 90% of individuals with Huntington's disease (HD)-a progressive, inherited neurodegenerative disorder-experience apathy. Apathy is particularly debilitating because it is marked by a reduction in goal-directed behaviors, including self-care, social interactions, and mobility. The objective of this study was to examine relationships between variables of apathy, functional status, physical function, cognitive function, behavioral status/emotional function, and health-related quality of life. Clinician-rated measures of physical, cognitive, and behavioral function, including one clinician-rated item on apathy, and self-reported measures of physical function, health-related quality of life, and emotional, cognitive, and social function were collected in a single session from 487 persons with the HD mutation (prodromal, N=193; early-stage manifest, N=186; late-stage manifest, N=108)...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences
María Del Pino, Amado Andrés, Ana Ávila Bernabéu, Joaquín de Juan-Rivera, Elvira Fernández, Juan de Dios García Díaz, Domingo Hernández, José Luño, Isabel Martínez Fernández, José Paniagua, Manuel Posada de la Paz, José Carlos Rodríguez-Pérez, Rafael Santamaría, Roser Torra, Joan Torras Ambros, Pedro Vidau, Josep-Vicent Torregrosa
Fabry disease (FD) is a rare, X-linked disorder caused by mutations in the GLA gene encoding the enzyme α-galactosidase A. Complete or partial deficiency in this enzyme leads to intracellular accumulation of globotriaosylceramide (Gb3) and other glycosphingolipids in many cell types throughout the body, including the kidney. Progressive accumulation of Gb3 in podocytes, endothelial cells, epithelial cells, and tubular cells contribute to the renal symptoms of FD, which manifest as proteinuria and reduced glomerular filtration rate leading to renal insufficiency...
March 16, 2018: Kidney & Blood Pressure Research
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